Adult male Lesser Yellownape feeding on fruits

on 10th November 2014

“As I mentioned earlier LINK, I observed this Lesser Yellownape (Picus chlorolophus) fruit feeding.

“It had been raining for 2 hours and when it stopped the birds were hungry and we observed a number of mixed-foraging parties.

“One mixed-foraging party comprised this male Lesser Yellownape with a pair of Little Cuckoo-doves (Macropygia ruficeps), 6-7 Silver-eared Mesias (Leiothrix argentauris), 2 female Yellow-rumped Flycatchers (Ficedula zanthopygia), 1 Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica), 1 Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (Garrulax mitratus), and others.

“Two observations here:
1. Well 1999 states ‘Loners join mixed-species flocks of foraging passerines, in which L.L. Short only saw females, suggesting a possible behavioural divergence between sexes.’ I can now say that males also join mixed-foraging parties.

2. I saw the bird take 4-5 fruit in quick succession. Unfortunately all were seen in dense canopy and images blurred by brunches in front. I have attached a composite showing this fruit that all these birds were feeding on. The trees are 7-8 meters high with wide spreading branches. Berries are red-purple when ripe.

“As supportive evidence:
a. Vijay Mohan Raj has imaged the woodpecker feeding on fruit LINK.

b. Another possible episode here by Shyam Ghate LINK

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
1st October 2014

Location: 1,600m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail through mixed secondary and primary forest

If you like this post please tap on the Like button at the left bottom of page. Any views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the authors/contributors, and are not endorsed by the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM, NUS) or its affiliated institutions. Readers are encouraged to use their discretion before making any decisions or judgements based on the information presented.

YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

Other posts by YC Wee

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Overall visits (since 2005)

Live visitors
Visitors Today

Clustrmaps (since 2016)